Nonfiction

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

The Definitive Book of Body LanguageHave you seen the TV show Lie to Me?  It’s sort of a crime drama where the mysteries are solved by observing people’s body language to see if they’re telling a lie.  If you’re hooked on the show like I am, you’ll love the book The Definitive Book of Body Language by Allan & Barbara Pease.

 

Eating Out is Hard to Do

What to Eat When You're Eating OutFor the waistline-conscious person, eating out is definitely hard to do.  Hidden calories and fat molecules are in the least likely places.  I usually assume that if it tastes good, there’s danger there.  But, now I have a tool I can use to shed light on the subject: What to Eat When You’re Eating Out by Hope S. Warshaw. Her information covers more than 60 popular restaurants giving you the best options for each and then the nitty gritty on the rest.

On the Shelf: The Whatchamacallit

In my other life, I’m a writer, and words are my business. You’ll understand, then, why I’ve so enjoyed perusing The Whatchamacallit by Danny Danziger and Mark McCrum, a humorous book offering the elusive names of 100 ordinary items.

Tastes Like Chicken: Cooking with Squirrels

Tastes Like Chicken

Another thing to be aware of during Squirrel Awareness Month in October is that squirrels are edible.

Of course, before you can cook them properly you have to kill them. It’s not like cooking lobster or eating oysters on the half shell. So to properly prepare Batter Fried Squirrel, Brunswick Stew, or any other hardy pioneer fare, it’s time to go squirrel hunting. Fortunately October is also squirrel hunting season in Harris County. So get your license, and round up your gear and head for the hunting grounds.

Step 1 Hunt Them Down

Now That You Are Aware of Squirrels, How to You Keep Them Away From Your Bird Feeder?

October is Squirrel Awareness Month


In last week’s blog I cited Bill Adler, Junior’s book Outwitting Squirrels. In it he offers advice on deterring squirrels by means mechanical and odorous. I promised more information on keeping squirrels out of your bird feeder, and here it is:

On the Shelf: Have a New Husband by Friday

Ladies, listen up! Whether you’ve been married for decades or, like me, you’re pursuing the possibilities of a new and exciting relationship, you’ll want to read Have a New Husband by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman.

Reusable Resources

I was watching a TV show recently that featured a group of people that started a free community garage swap. The idea involves everyone bringing items that they no longer wish to keep to a central location. Then people in the community can select items they can use, with the goal being to reuse instead of throwing the items away.

After watching the program, I decided to look for books on the topic of reusing. I am really curious to see what kind of tips I’ll find in Rubbish: reuse your refuse , The Scavenger’s Manifesto , and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle : an easy household guide. Do you have any reusable tips to share?

[photo courtesy of kimberlyfaye]

Is It Autumn Yet?

WeatherYes, it's officially autumn, although you wouldn't know it by the weather we've had lately.  It's still hot and humid, but not for long.  I've heard a cold front is going to sweep through in the next day or so.  After hearing the news, I celebrated.  I also began to wonder how weather actually works.  I realized I talk about the weather all the time, yet I don't really know how to predict it or how it forms.  What better way to learn more than to find some books at the library? 

Do you also wonder about the basics of weather and beyond?  Find out more with these titles:

Chicken Soup for Hard Times

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough PeopleThere’s a new book in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. I know, I know – it’s a little bit like the never-ending Rocky movie series. BUT, you have to admit this one’s sorely needed – Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People. It has 101 stories about overcoming challenges, especially in economic hard times.

October is Squirrel Awareness Month: Be Aware!

October is Squirrel Awareness Month

When I spoke with Nancy Agafitei, the Branch Librarian at the Barbara Bush Branch Library, about Squirrel Awareness Month, she said that her dog was very aware of squirrels, especially about one hour before it’s time to wake up, when he begins to bark loudly at them. This makes the whole household aware of squirrels.

If you are not so fortunate as to have an alert member of the canine species in your house here are some resources to help you become more aware:

The Natural History of Squirrels / John Gurnell

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